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Sunday Morning “Adopt a Box of Docs” Update

Sunday, August 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

On Thursday the Reagan Library released 136 boxes of docuemtns from John Roberts’ White House years. On Friday the New York Times published the links to those boxes’ contents online, and that afternoon, Radioblogger and I set out to make sure we had friendly eyes rifle through all the docs. We appealed for bloggers to adopt a box of docs and to post a review and analysis of each box.

As an example of what the bloggers have been up to, Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion was assigned one of the many boxes of appointee reviews conducted by Judge Roberts. (As a veteran of this process, I can tel you that only the defense of the presidential seal against commercial use ranked lower in the duties of the lawyers in the Counsel’s office. Here’s the analysis of one such appointee review:

Appointee Name: Robert Fryer.

Appointment: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees.

Roberts’ Record: April 10, 1985 memorandum for Dianna G. Holland.

Summary: In a sequel to The Joe Allbritton Story, Roberts seemed to wonder if this kind of assignment was the reason he went to Harvard Law School. Roberts again noted that the candidate was a U.S. citizen, thus satisfying the only statutory requirement for the job, and that he already advised Holland verbally that he had no objection. He warned of a potential conflict if the Kennedy Center were to stage one of Fryer’s theatrical projects and advised recusal as necessary.

Background: Fryer is now an Emeritus Trustee of the Kennedy Center, which probably means that Washington, D.C. will never see Boston Strangler: The Musical.

As of this hour, all but three of the boxes have been taken in, and Radioblogger is linking each box to its reviewer, and updating that link to the post in which the review is found once that reciewer is finished with his or her work.

It is an impressive list of bloggers, and later today I’ll start through the review posts to see what has and has not been reported by MSM. I invite you to do the same and send me your summary links.

I don’t know if the last three boxes have been spoken for, but if you are interested, fire off an e-mail to Duane at

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